Emily Wall

PhD Candidate
Siemens FutureMaker Fellow, GVU Foley Scholar + more


I am a fifth year PhD candidate in Computer Science at Georgia Tech. My research interests lie in understanding users' cognitive biases based on their patterns of interaction and designing visualization interfaces to mitigate those biases.


Education | Research Experience | Publications
Teaching | Honors | Mentoring | Service
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2015 - present

PhD in Computer Science

Georgia Institute of Technology

Advised by Dr. Alex Endert

Atlanta, GA, USA

2015

B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science

University of Georgia

summa cum laude

Athens, GA, USA

2015 - present

Graduate Research Assistant

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA, USA
Advised by Dr. Alex Endert.
Researching the detection and mitigation of cognitive bias in visual analytic systems based on user interaction patterns.
Summer 2018

Intern (Machine Teaching Group)

Microsoft Research

Redmond, WA, USA
Mentored by Gonzalo Ramos.
Modeled how experts use machine teaching to train ML classifiers. Developed systematic guidelines to help novices train ML classifiers.
Summer 2016

Intern (National Security Internship Program, Visual Analytics Group)

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Richland, WA, USA
Mentored by Lyndsey Franlin and Kris Cook.
Developed heuristic metrics for characterizing a user's bias in visual analytics systems from interaction patterns.
2013-2015

Intern (Space Grant Program, Systems Engineering Group)

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Pasadena, CA, USA
Mentored by Marc Sarrel.
Automated and visualized the determination of data flow across the ground system for the Orion capsule. Used SysML and principles of Model-Based Systems Engineering to model the ground system.
Fall 2014

Research Assistant

University of Georgia

Athens, GA, USA
Mentored by Dr. Don Potter.
Used artificial neural networks to predict solar radiation in Georgia. Funded by the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative.
Fall 2013

Research Assistant

University of Georgia

Athens, GA, USA
Mentored by Dr. Liming Cai.
Used sequence alignment of RNA for detecting coevolution in species with a common ancestor.
Spring 2013

Research Assistant

University of Georgia

Athens, GA, USA
Mentored by Dr. Prashant Doshi.
Extended GaTAC (Georgia Testbed for Autonomous Control of vehicles) by creating simulations and a programmable interface for quadcopters. Applications to autonomous decision making in UAVs in multi-agent settings using Parrot A.R. Drone quadcopters.

2019

E. Wall, J. Stasko, and A. Endert, "Toward a Design Space for Mitigating Cognitive Bias in Vis", IEEE Information Visualization (VIS) Short Papers, 2019. PDF Supplemental Talk Video FF

E. Wall, A. Arcalgud, K. Gupta, and A. Jo, "A Markov Model of Users’ Interactive Behavior in Scatterplots", IEEE Information Visualization (VIS) Short Papers, 2019. PDF Talk Video FF

E. Wall, L. Blaha, C. Paul, and A. Endert, "A Formative Study of Interactive Bias Metrics in Visual Analytics Using Anchoring Bias”, Proceedings of the 17th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT'19), 2019. PDF Video

E. Wall, S. Ghorashi, and G. Ramos, “Using Expert Patterns in Assisted Interactive Machine Learning: A Study in Machine Teaching”, Proceedings of the 17th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT'19), 2019. PDF Video

E. Wall, M. Agnihotri, L. Matzen, K. Divis, M. Haass, A. Endert, and J. Stasko, "A Heuristic Approach to Value-Driven Evaluation of Visualizations", IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (Proc. InfoVis'18), 2019. PDF Talk Website Video FF

2018

E. Wall, L. Blaha, C. Paul, K. Cook, and A. Endert, "Four Perspectives on Human Bias in Visual Analytics", Cognitive Biases in Visualizations, Ed. G. Ellis, Springer, 2018, Chapter 3, pp. 29-42. Book Chapter

E. Wall, S. Das, R. Chawla, B. Kalidindi, E. Brown, and A. Endert, "Podium: Ranking Data Using Mixed-Initiative Visual Analytics", IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (Proc. VAST'17), 2018. PDF Talk Video Video FF Demo

2017

E. Wall, L. Blaha, L. Franklin, and A. Endert, "Warning, Bias May Occur: A Proposed Approach to Detecting Cognitive Bias in Interactive Visual Analytics", IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST), 2017. PDF Talk Video Video FF

E. Wall, L. Blaha, C. Paul, K. Cook, and A. Endert, "Four Perspectives on Human Bias in Visual Analytics", DECISIVe: Workshop on Dealing with Cognitive Biases in Visualizations (at InfoVis'17), 2017. PDF

S.K. Badam, Z. Zeng, E. Wall, A. Endert, and N. Elmqvist, "Supporting Team-First Visual Analytics through Group Activity Representations", Graphics Interface, 2017. PDF Video

B.C. Kwon, H. Kim, E. Wall, J. Choo, H. Park, and A. Endert, "AxiSketcher: Interactive Nonlinear Axis Mapping of Visualizations through User Drawings", IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (Proc. VAST'16), 2017. PDF Video

Guest Lectures

Introduction to Javascript, Introduction to Information Visualization (CS 4460), Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA. February 2019.

Bias in Visual Analytics, Information Visualization (CS 7450), Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA. December 2017.

Visual Analytics, Information Visualization (CS 7450), Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA. November 2017.

Visualization Design: Do's and Don'ts, Introduction to Information Visualization (CS 4460), Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA. June 2017.

Teaching Assistant

Introduction to Information Visualization (CS 4460), Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA. Spring 2019. 133 students.

Information Visualization (CS 7450), Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA. Fall 2017. 74 students.

Introduction to Computing and Programming (CSCI 1301), University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA. Fall 2012 and Fall 2013.

2019-2020. GVU Foley Scholar, Recipient. Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA.

2019. D.E. Shaw Exploration Fellowship, Recipient. New York, NY, USA.

2019. Siemens FutureMaker Fellowship, Recipient. Atlanta, GA, USA.

2018-2019. GVU Foley Scholar, Finalist. Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA.

2017. Graduate Student Symposium, Participant. AT&T Labs, New York, NY, USA.

2017. Doctoral Colloquium, Participant. IEEE VIS, Phoenix, AZ, USA.

2017-2020. Graduate Fellowship for STEM Diversity (GFSD), Recipient. Atlanta, GA, USA.

2017. NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention. Atlanta, GA, USA.

2017. Department of Defense SMART Fellowship, Recipient (Declined). Atlanta, GA, USA.

2015-2019. President's Fellowship, Recipient. Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA.

2015. CURO Symposium Best Paper Award, Recipient. University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA.

2014. CURO Research Assistantship, Recipient. University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA.

2014. Hahn Family Scholarship for Computer Science, Recipient. University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA.

2013. John G. Hollingsworth Award for Excellence in Mathematics, Recipient. University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA.

2012-2015. Zell Miller Scholarship, Recipient. University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA.

2017-2018. Yingxiao Ouyang, M.S. HCI, Class of 2019. Usability testing and prototying for bias mitigation. Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA.

2017. Qiaochu Mu, M.S. HCI, Class of 2018. Usability testing and prototying for bias mitigation. Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA.

2016-2017. Bharath Kalidindi, B.S. CS, Class of 2018. Ranking data based on user interaction. Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA.

Program Committee Member. VISxAI (Workshop at IEEE VIS) 2019, CHI Late Breaking Work 2018.

Graduate Student Council Chair, 2018-2020. Representative of graduate students in the School of Interactive Computing. Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA.

Reviewer. EuroVis 2020. CHI 2020. VIS 2019. CHI 2019. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 2019. TVCG 2018. VIS 2018. CHI 2018. KDD IDEA 2017. VIS 2017. VAST Challenge 2016.

Panelist, 2017. Advancing Visualization Inclusion and Diversity (AVID) Workshop, IEEE VIS, Phoenix, AZ, USA.

Graduate Student Council Travel Committee, 2017-2018. Responsible for awarding travel grants to graduate student applicants. Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA.

October 2019. NextProf Nexus Workshop. Atlanta, GA, USA.

June 2019. Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality. Max Planck Institute, Berlin, Germany.

April 2018. CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop. San Francisco, CA, USA.

October 2016. Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Houston, TX, USA.

April 2016. CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop. San Diego, CA, USA.

Jan. 2020. Left, Right, and Gender: Mitigating Implicit Human Bias in Visual Analytics. Invited Talk, Georgia Tech GVU Brown Bag. Watch

Nov. 2019. Michael Correll, A Reflection on VIS2019: Or, How Doomed Are We?. Medium Blog Post, Multiple Views on Visualization Research Explained. Read

Nov. 2019. Rosa Romero-Gómez, Highlights from IEEE VIS 2019, Uncharted Software Blog. Read

May 2019. Ep. 3, Battling Bias, Tech Unbound Podcast. Listen

PDF of CV (Updated 2020-02-08)